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Posted at 5:50 AM ET, 12/22/2010

295 North jammed at U.S. 50

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

9:07 A.M. UPDATE:

The accident on I-295 North at U.S. 50 has been cleared, according to Alert DC. All lanes have been reopened, but you can expect some residual delays to last for a little while.

8:45 A.M. UPDATE:

And now traffic is steadily, albeit slowly, crawling along on I-295 North near U.S. 50. Traffic on the ramp is moving a bit more smoothly as well. It's still very slow and very backed up, but there is consistent movement now.

8:33 A.M. UPDATE:

Traffic appears to be moving a bit more on I-295 North near U.S. 50. However, there also appear to be big backups on the ramp to U.S. 50, so if you are taking that exit expect longer delays (and if you can, pass the exit and take the exit for Landover Road, then loop around onto U.S. 50 from there)/

8:10 A.M. UPDATE:

Traffic is still very, very slow on I-295 North near U.S. 50. The accident continues to block two lanes, and traffic ranges from being at a standstill to occasionally creeping forward.

7:55 A.M. UPDATE:

Traffic cameras show I-295 North as being extremely snarled at U.S. 50, so we again stress that you should add extra time to your trip if this is your route. You could also consider an alternate route like Southern Avenue/Martin Luther King Jr. Highway (and then cut over on Landover road).

7:45 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on I-295 North at the exit for Route 50 is blocking two lanes, so expect big backups. Traffic cameras already show considerable delays, so if you are taking this route (especially if you are heading north to, say, BWI airport), add a lot of time to your commute.

7:15 A.M. UPDATE:

The accident on MD 295 South has been cleared, but some residual delays might linger. Meanwhile, the accident on I-270 South is blocking the shoulder, but could still cause problems.


The I-95 South lanes have all reopened in Virginia. However, I-66 East is backed up at Chain Bridge Road.

In Maryland, an accident on I-270 South to the south of Middlebrook Road could slow southbound traffic. Meanwhile, an accident on MD 295 South at U.S. 50 could also cause problems in that area.

6:35 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on I-95 South in Newington is blocking the left lane, left center lane and both shoulders. You can expect big backups and delays approaching this area.


Good morning, commuters. For a lot of folks, today's the last day of work for a while, as a lot of people are starting their holiday travels tonight or tomorrow. We know it'll be cold outside, of course. What we don't know for sure is how crowded the roads will be.

Traffic shouldn't be insanely heavy, because of the number of people already away. Check back here throughout the morning for updates on the traffic headaches awaiting you, and let us know what you see by posting in the comments below.

By Mark Berman  | December 22, 2010; 5:50 AM ET
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